Morris William Wachendorf, age 84, of Bismarck, North Dakota and formerly of Yankton, South Dakota, died surrounded by his loving family on Monday, June 2, 2014 at St. Vincent's Continuing Care Center in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Tim Lange officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791. Visitation is from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, on Thursday, June 5 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral service.
Pallbearers are Kristopher Koenig, Brandon Koenig, Mitchell Wachendorf, Michael Faulk, Jeff Knight and Jason Knight. Honorary pallbearers are all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Morris was born May 16, 1930 in Marion, South Dakota to William and Edna Mae (Bauman) Wachendorf. He grew up in Marion and Sioux Falls, SD. Morris joined the U.S. Army on October 7, 1952. He was a patriot through and through. He was proud and honored to play Taps at many memorial services. Now it is time for Taps to play honoring him.
Morris married Carol Talcott on September 28, 1952. He worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at various power plants and was an electrician by trade, retiring in 1995. Second to his patriotic beliefs were sports, particularly baseball. He helped many fledgling baseball programs to prominence again and was honored with the Morrie Wachendorf Wooden Bat Classic in recognition for his service to the Legion program. Morris was commander of the American Legion Post 12 in Yankton and was an active member of the VFW in Yankton. He implemented a program in Yankton, delivering groceries to the elderly and shut-ins every Saturday. Morrie was a friend to many people and always offered a "Hello, friend," with a handshake.
Morris is survived by five children: Cindy Sullivan of Denver, CO, Jeff Wachendorf of Colstrip, MT; Randy (Kathy) Wachendorf of Washburn, ND; Kim (Mark) Koenig of Riverdale, ND; and Lori Faulk of Aurora, CO; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Morris was preceded in death by his wife, Carol on March 8, 2010; his parents; a sister and an infant son.
The family prefers memorials to the American Legion Post 12, Yankton, SD.
Grandpa, you have touched and helped so many. Take time now to breathe easy and rest your feet.
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I worked with Morrie at the Gavin's Point Powerplant and he was a fun guy to visit with. He always had a story to tell. And he told a lot of stories. He always wanted you to look at him when he was telling his stories. That's what I'll remeber the most. I'm glad to have known him.
Rest in peace friend.
Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
I'll never forget all the good times we had with you and your whole family on the softball "fun bus"!!!
Callie and Cooper,
Deepest sympathies to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
I enjoyed working with Morry when I was in Yankton helping with their computers. He always had a smile on his face and truly enjoyed his job. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jeff & Sallie Pochant
So sorry to hear about Dad.....we will keep you in our prayers. We are former Riverdale residents....in fact we lived next door to your parents, good memories of all of you.
Don and Marlyn Zimmerman
Kim/Mark/Kathy and families:
Thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Good memories will keep 'Dad' forever close. RIP Morris.
Toni (Martin) Erhardt
Growing up in small town Riverdale everyone knew each other. So it was with our family. Kim and Mark have been such good friends with Dad who worked with Morry at the Garrison Dam. Dad's and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Audrey (Seidel) Kroll
So sorry to hear of Morrie's passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers
Morrie will be greatly missed. Morrie and I had a special bond. I thought of him like another grandpa to myself. We would sit and work on birdhouses at the nursing home for hours. I will treasure the one hanging in my backyard forever. I could spend my whole day just sitting and visiting with him about Yankton, baseball, the Vikings & the Broncos. He was great guy and I will miss him!
My deepest sympathy to Lori and family. Your dad was a honorable man.
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